Delwin D. Johnson passed away peacefully after a short illness on January 25, 2018 at age 83. Beloved husband for 58 years to Donna Johnson (nee Mohler); father to David, Steven (Karen), Robert (Tracy) Johnson, and Anita (Mike) Miller; grandfather to Sean and Avery (Sydnee) Johnson, and Holly and Logan Miller; great-grandfather to Aubree Johnson and Noah Voyles; son of the late Victor and Florence Johnson; brother to Dallas Johnson and Arletta (Albert) Allen; brother-in-law to Wesley Mohler and Marjorie (Tom) Lamberson, uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a dear friend to many.
“Del” was born on the farm in Alba, Nebraska, on July 20, 1934. The family moved to Newtown, Missouri where he attended Pin Oak Country School and Newtown High School. Del always described books as being “scarce” on the farm, so while in high school he read all the books in the high school library. After the death of his mother, he remained working on the farm with his father for another 4 years. After that time he attended the University of Nebraska—Lincoln where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Del met Donna in the summer of 1959 at church in Lincoln, and while courting would often write her quirky letters on random “Happy Birthday Niece” cards, or whatever he could find. They were married at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Lincoln on December 20, 1959. Del began teaching high school chemistry and physics in Fall City, NE for 3 years. They moved to Arizona where he took additional courses and received his Master’s degree in natural science and where infant son David was born and passed away in November of 1963. Del and Donna then moved to St. Louis where he began teaching chemistry in 1964 at Forest Park Community College. Del, being the lifelong learner, took advantage of the opportunity to travel to AZ, TX, and TN for additional courses. He and Donna welcomed sons Steven and Robert in 1964 and 1968 and settled into their home in Rock Hill, MO in 1969. Summer of 1970 brought their only daughter, Anita. Del raised his family in their Rock Hill home, and remained there with Donna for 47 years. He retired from Forest Park in 1999, but remained on staff part time for another 10 years.
Delwin was a lifelong learner, voracious reader, and loved to travel. After retirement, he was a frequent visitor to the St Louis Art Museum and volunteer with the Sierra Club. He and Donna traveled far and wide, reaching almost every state in the US (missed North Dakota), and in Europe to France, England, Italy, and Greece. He longed to return to New York to stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to walk along the Florida beach looking for shells. Del was a member of First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves, where he was known for his intellectual and Biblical discussion in Sunday School classes.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother, and son
Visitation will be Friday, January 26 from 5:00-8:00pm at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood. Funeral service/reception at Webster United Methodist, 600 N. Bompart Ave, Webster Groves on Saturday, January 27 at 3:00pm